Patients Sign On To Race For The Cure

May 16, 2016
By: Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, DCI

Julia Wile, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and her partner, Newt, sign up May 9 to take part in this year’s Komen Race For The Cure.Duke Cancer Institute teamed with Komen North Carolina Triangle To The Coast on Wednesday, May 4, to host a registration kick-off party in which patients were invited to join Team Duke Cancer Institute. The event, held on 0 Level and  Level 3 of Duke Cancer Center, provided an opportunity for patients, caregivers and survivors to register on-site for the June 11, Komen Race For the Cure. Julia Wile, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and her partner, Newt, sign up May 9 to take part in this year's Komen Race For The Cure.

“I’m delighted to get involved,” said Marguerite Parks, 62, a retired U.S. Amy veteran who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.

Kimberly Hilliard, 41, signed up with her mother, Sheila Flemming. Hilliard, who has four children, was diagnosed in late 2015 with BRCA2 positive breast cancer. Still undergoing chemotherapy, she said she said she would recruit her family and friends to get involved too.

Duke Cancer Institute will hosted a registration kick-off party at Duke Cancer Center Macon Pond on Wednesday, May 11, signing up 13 people. Duke Cancer Center Raleigh will host a registration party on Friday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cancer patients, caregivers and survivors registering for Team Duke Cancer Institute at one of the parties will receive a free pink umbrella.

For a second year, Team Duke Cancer Institute is led by honorary team captain Kimberly Blackwell, MD, a Komen Scholar. Susan G. Komen currently funds more than $1.6 million in research grants at Duke. This year's Race For The Cure will be held Saturday, June 1, at The Frontier at Research Triangle Park (RTP). Duke Cancer Institute serves as this year's presenting sponsor. The event will feature a food truck rodeo (including Cousins Lobster), a survivors' tailgate and much more. To join the team or to donate, visit Team Duke Cancer Institute.

Team Duke Cancer Institute Macon Pond:
Line 1: Joanne Boone, RN; Sara Schick, RN; and Emily Dill, NP
Line 2: Sandy Sonnessa, RN; Debbie Pineiro, RN; Komen's Pam Kohl and DCI's Karen Butler; and Sara Schick, who with her teammates has already raised more than $250 for Team DCI Macon Pond.

Team Duke Cancer Institute Durham:
Kimberly Hilliard, Patsy Moore, and Hilliard's mother, Sheila Flemming.
Komen's Holly Mitchko and Marguerite Mason.
Diane Kerkhoff, who is battling cancer for a fourth time, and Holly Mitchko.
Darla Phillips, director of Clinical Operations, Duke Transplant Center. Phillips has been at Duke for 26 years.